Authentic Self

Question of the Day ~September 25, 2013~ Authentic Self

Do you allow your genuine and authentic self to shine through ?
Do you hide aspects of your intimate persona from other people ?
Do you fear the public awareness of your existence ?
Would you prefer to be relatively unknown and personally isolated ?
Please explain the impacts and effects of any of these aspects on your daily life or individuality.

I find the idea of authentic self to be very strange.
Evidence is clear that we all have many different modes of behaviour that are context sensitive. There are many aspects of “context” that go in to who we be in any instant; the external physical situation (shapes, colours, odours, objects, etc), the social context (our relationships), our biology (variations in the levels of various chemicals within us, some related to diet, others with far more complex relationships to reality that can have response curves to external stimuli that vary over periods as short as seconds or as long as years), the relative strengths of our various memory systems, etc.
Over our lives we learn many different patterns of behaviour,mostly unconsciously from our culture, and then as we mature we get to work on creating new patterns, and modifying old ones.
Then there are multiple levels of awareness that we can distinguish/create.
So who we get to be seems to be this amazingly complex set of interrelated probability functions, each one affecting all the others and being affected by all the others.

In all of this – what could “authentic” possibly mean?

I don’t do sex in public, but other than that I don’t actively hide anything. As above, I don’t really know what “intimate persona” might be – it would all depend on context.

I certainly don’t fear public awareness.

I really don’t care how well known I am, and I do put myself “out there” for public office, as part of my self training to be part of the process of making longevity and abundance available to all.

Impact on my daily life is that I don’t do small-talk or socialising very often. Happy to talk to folks, and I usually do so with a purpose.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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